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PG&E boss says it wasn’t fully ready for California outages

Nov. 19, 2019 10:56 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. told angry California lawmakers Monday that the nation’s largest electric utility wasn’t fully prepared for the effects of its unprecedented outages last month even as it plans to shut off power to about 375,000 people...

Flood-hit Venice’s dwindling population faces mounting woes

Nov. 18, 2019 8:13 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — One of only four oar makers for Venice’s famed gondoliers, Paolo Brandolisio wades through his ground-floor workshop for the third time in a week of record-breaking floods, despairing of any help from national or local institutions. “If these phenomena continue to repeat...

Maryland city provides update on flood recovery and plan

Nov. 18, 2019 3:42 PM EST

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — A Maryland county official says nine of 10 buildings damaged by flooding in historic Ellicott City have been acquired by the county, and at least a portion of them will be preserved. Howard County Executive Calvin Ball gave an update Monday on recovery and planning. He says only...

North Carolina DOT, disaster relief bills signed by Cooper

Nov. 18, 2019 2:06 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law bills designed to help his cash-strapped Department of Transportation and the continued recovery from hurricanes Florence, Matthew and Dorian. Cooper on Monday signed the measures, which were the last pieces of legislation on his desk from the...

3rd record tide enters Venice as Italy hit with snow, rain

Nov. 17, 2019 10:36 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venice was hit Sunday by a record third exceptional tide in the same week while other parts of Italy struggled with a series of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season avalanche. Stores and museums in Venice were mostly closed in the hardest-hit area...

Woman saved after being swept into sea by Hawaii flash flood

Nov. 17, 2019 8:29 PM EST

WAINIHA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii first responders have rescued a woman who was swept out to sea by a flash flood, officials said. The 49-year-old woman, who was not identified, and two others were attempting to evacuate a Kauai home along the Wainiha River when their boat flipped in the rushing water early...

Officials: Two-state commission to help address river issues

Nov. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EST

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Officials hope a commission with representatives from Indiana and Illinois will help address problems with the Kankakee River, including flooding and sedimentation. The Kankakee River runs from near South Bend, Indiana, to near Channahon, Illinois, where it meets the Des Plaines...

FEMA upheld Illinois decision to deny individual assistance

Nov. 17, 2019 9:52 AM EST

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A federal agency upheld its decision to deny financial assistance to Illinois residents and business owners affected by historic flooding despite granting the state public aid. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision will impact about 1.4 million residents and...

Louisiana fishing industry hit with $258M in flooding losses

Nov. 15, 2019 8:26 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The governor says the Louisiana fishing industry has been hit with $258 million in losses due to historic flooding this year. In a news release Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards says the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries conducted an economic impact analysis to determine...

Mississippi Governor: $53M in coastal restoration projects

Nov. 15, 2019 7:14 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s governor has announced more than $53 million in projects to help coastal communities recover from BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Money for the 15 projects is coming from civil or criminal penalties resulting from the spill. “I am proud of the...